Credit: PETER MATULAVICH/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macroscopic ventral view of female blacklegged, or deer tick, (Ixodes scapularis), about the size of a sesame seed displayed on laboratory light box. These ticks are responsible for the transmission of Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne disease in the northern hemisphere and which can be deadly if not properly treated.The cream-colored oval-shaped structure near the center of its thorax is the genital plate. On either side of it are the spiracular plates or air holes. The bead-like structure near the rear end is the anus situated next to the horseshoe-shaped anal groove. These ticks are responsible for the transmission of Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne disease in the northern hemisphere and which can be deadly if not properly treated. Blacklegged ticks have saw-like mouthparts with dozens of barbs which make the ticks difficult to remove. Ticks belong to an order of arachnids and possess eight multi-segmented legs legs which are adapted for climbing and clinging. Suction cup-like structures can be seen at the ends of the legs.

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Keywords: acarina, air holes, anal groove, animal, anus, arachnid, arachnida, arthropod, biology, black legged, blacklegged, close up, deer tick, ectoparasite, genital plate, invertebrate, ixodes scapularis, lyme disease, macro, macroscopic, mouthparts, parasite, pest, spiracular plates, tick, vector, zoology

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Tick displayed on laboratory light box

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